A homeless couple, Navy veteran Eddie Browning and his wife Cindy Browning, had been living in a worn down camper when they received what they had been praying for: a solid roof over their heads. But you’ll never guess who saved their lives this cold, cold winter by giving them a house. It wasn’t the government, and it wasn’t a rich benefactor. It was a group of elementary school kids. Read on to hear this heartwarming tale.
A conscientious group of children from Elm Street Elementary in Rome, Georgia, spent a year building the Brownings a tiny house with their own tiny hands. Once the house was finished, they had to find somewhere legal to locate it and a way to power it. That’s when a local group of adults joined in to further the cause.
Fox 5 shared their video of the story on YouTube writing, “Once word about the project got out, organizers with the Georgia Tiny House Festival and Ooh La La Lavender Farms helped spearhead the effort to add electricity, plumbing, and a large addition to the tiny house constructed by the children. Months later, with help from numerous corporate sponsors, donors and volunteers, the house was finally ready to be given to a veteran. The children from Elm Street Elementary were at the festival to see their creation go to a family. Eddie and Cindy Browning said they have been living in a camper in Norwood, which had fallen into severe disrepair. Organizers said the camper had been damaged by fire. ‘[This] will be warm. We’ve been freezing to death,’ Eddie Browning said. The couple plans to bring the Tiny House back to their property in Norwood. Elm Street Elementary officials said the school now plans to build a tiny house every year for a needy family. Donations for Brownings and future projects can be mailed to Elm Street Elementary, care of Elm Kids Construction.”
“I don’t have the words to tell you what we feel,” a tearful Eddie Browning, 61, told Fox 5 Atlanta.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Cindy Browning, 59. “It’s a dream.”
This is just one of many stories about how tiny houses are saving the lives of homeless vets.
An idea whose time has come: using the tiny house revolution to actually solve a serious problem in our country. Military veterans make up a remarkably large segment of our nation’s homeless population. It is a national disgrace that men and women who have served to protect us in times of war and peace should be cast aside and left to fend for themselves with no support from society beyond occasional handouts.
Veterans Community Project, or VCP, is a Missouri organization that is tackling this problem head on. Working on a site of about four acres, they are constructing fifty tiny houses that will serve at least as many homeless vets. But the project does not end by putting a roof over their head. They will also be offering peer counseling and job training as a way to help reintegrate veterans back into the broader community.
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